March 2009 Archives

In Conversation with Jules Feiffer

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Dartmouth College and The Center for Cartoon Studies partner to host the annual Will Eisner Spring Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. It will be presented at the Haldeman Center at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, April 21, 4:30 pm, and is free and open to the public.

Feiffer won a Pulitzer Prize and a George Polk Award for his cartoons; an Obie for his plays; an Academy Award for the animation of his cartoon satire, Munro; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society. Feiffer has taught at the Yale School of Drama and Northwestern University and has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, Library of Congress, and the New York School of Visual Arts.

For more information visit The Center for Cartoon Studies


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Free Presentation at Columbia University

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COMICS EXPERT DANNY FINGEROTH WILL GIVE A FREE PRESENTATION ON THE LIFE AND ART OF GRAPHIC NOVEL TITAN WILL EISNER AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ON MONDAY, MARCH 23, AT 8:00 PM.

Take a tour through Eisner's life - in effect, a journey through comics history. The presentation will serve as an introduction to those who'd like to know more about the graphic novel phenomenon which spawned hit movies like The Dark Knight and Watchmen, or for those more knowledgeable, learn new insights about the work of Eisner and his creative descendants.

For more information visit The Comics Waiting Room Newswire at
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Will Eisner Week Arrives in New York City

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Will Eisner Week made it to New York City on Saturday, March 7th.

A panel of Eisner experts discussed Eisner's life and career, examining just what made (and still makes) him so significant to the comics medium. Featuring DANNY FINGEROTH (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero), DENNIS O'NEIL (longtime Batman writer and editor), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (The Will Eisner Companion), and KENNETH GINIGER (legendary publisher and lifelong friend of Will Eisner). Many thanks to Jim Hanley's Universe for hosting the event at their Manhattan Comic Book store.

Many thanks to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, the Savannah College of Art & Design, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their hard work this year. Next year's celebration will be even better and hopefully international in scope (hint, hint).

Celebrate 'Will Eisner Week'

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The first week of March will mark the inaugural Will Eisner Week, a celebration of Will Eisner's legacy in graphic novel literacy and free expression. A collaborative project of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, and a variety of comics
institutions, Will Eisner Week is chaired by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Assistant Professor Barbara Schulz. Will Eisner Week will be celebrated this year from March 1 to March 7, commemorating the 92nd anniversary of Eisner's birth.

Will Eisner Week is intended as an ongoing celebration that will promote graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Eisner himself to a broad audience. This first annual celebration is themed "The Spirit of A Legend," examining Will Eisner's seminal Spirit comic, as well as the spirit inherent in his work that has inspired generations of comic readers and artists. This theme will be explored at events in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in Savannah at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and in New York City.

In addition to events, a variety of academic papers and group activity
assignments are available on WillEisnerWeek.com

These include:

Diana Schutz: Comic Artist Will Eisner
Diana Green: Other Trench(ant) Coats: Dr. Drew and the Wraith as
Spirit Pastiches
Frenchy Lunning: The Hero High Above the City
Ivan Brunetti: Worst. Page. Ever.
Paul Karasik: Will Eisner, Grandaddy to the SuperHero Generation.

Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation President Carl Gropper says, "The Foundation is very excited to be working with three such prestigious organizations to celebrate the accomplishments and the position of the Graphic Novel in current culture. Will Eisner spent his seven decades-long career showing what could be accomplished with Sequential Art and Will Eisner Week will continue that work. In 1978 no mainstream publisher would publish Will Eisner's first graphic novel and in 2008 the graphic novel was the one of the few areas of growth in all media including publishing, television, and the movies adding billions to the worldwide economy."

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, "Will Eisner was a staunch advocate of comics and free expression throughout his life. His work for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was tireless, and we are proud to honor his legacy through this initiative. Over time, we hope that Will Eisner Week will be used to focus ever more attention on graphic novel literacy and the wide range of free expression that
comics encourage."

Check out www.willeisnerweek.com for more information.

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